Ph.D. in Economics
Our PhD program specializes in Health Economics. Students begin with rigorous Ph.D. core training in economic theory and econometrics, emphasizing microeconomic theory and microeconometrics. We offer a two-course field sequence in health economics as well as a course focusing on the institutional context of health, health care, and health insurance. Importantly, students will also take Ph.D. minor courses in a field such as biostatistics, epidemiology, bioethics, or health policy, giving them a background that will facilitate working in the interdisciplinary teams with whom health economists often interact. In addition to econometric theory, we will also offer a year-long empirical econometrics sequence, emphasizing statistical packages, working with large datasets, problems in applied econometrics and proposal writing. Our program features strong disciplinary training in micro economic theory, econometrics, and health economics enhanced with exposure to other related disciplines central to health and health care.
We also offer a field specialization in the Economics of Nonprofits/Philanthropy. The structure will be similar to that in Health Economics, including the Ph.D. minor courses to complement the Economics training. These elective offerings will allow students to take, for example, courses in IUPUI’s unique Philanthropic Studies program and to interact with the renowned IU Center on Philanthropy.
The PhD Program Director is Professor Anne Beeson Royalty.